My LFS will have them. They did initially suggest I was mistaken, that they were pleco fry, because otos don't often breed in captivity. I provided pics and they agreed they were otos but I don't want to sell them if I can keep them fed and happy.
Apologies for the late reply but you can probably keep any floating plants alive if you keep them out of direct contact with the spray bar.
There are many ways to do this but I buy my plant guards from Han Aquatics. I did the airline, suction, string, whatever tries and they didn't work as well.
I used clay clumping litters (Arm & Hammer Super Scoop) for years. I switched to World's Best (a corn litter) when my cat was a 15. It made a huge difference. It was so much better.
Yes, it's more expensive per package but it lasts longer and you use less.
Quick update: They're all doing well in the 29g! Full bellies, taking over the tank and not at all intimidated by the barbs, tetras, and gourami. I counted maybe 25 huddled together during my last water change and some were certainly hidden in the plants so I think they're doing okay. I have a...
No. Your filter and media will handle the same bioload it was used to managing. It stayed wet and wasn't out of operation long. Bacteria is hardier than people give credit. @kmbeck was correct that you can stock now at the current level but the longer you wait the less it can manage. Bacteria...
In my opinion you could put a LOT of them in a 20g.
A 20g could hold more but if you're new to the hobby then that's the most I'd start with. It takes time and experience to get into tank maintenance routines, water parameter monitoring, learning to examine and watch...
I both love and hate mysteries like this.
I hope someone else will brainstorm some ideas. I feel like we've covered the obvious possibilities. Outside of a murderous fish I'm not sure. The lethal fish may not eat the snails - they can just harass them to death.
Welcome to Fishlore.
Diagnosing fish ailments is often tricky and you'll probably get differing opinions. That's good. The more people evaluating the situation and sharing ideas can help you research and come to your own conclusion.
From my perspective it doesn't look like fin rot...